Thursday, February 3, 2011

SAIR: Meghalaya's 2010 spike in violence

Despite the upbeat picture painted yesterday by the Union Home Minister of data on insurgency-related violence in the northeast in 2010, the South Asia Intelligence Review (SAIR) this week highlighted the spike in violence seen in Meghalaya in 2010.  As Minister Chidambaram pointed out, there were no security force casualties in the state in 2010, however the number of insurgency-related fatalities of all types (including security forces, civilians and militants) went up for the first time since 2007 to 20 deaths from 5 in 2009 (Ministry of Home Affairs data).  Following a violent January in Meghalaya and neighbouring Assam, 2011 may not see any improvement. 

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